Is there such a thing as a free holiday? House-sitting comes pretty close. Here’s our guide on how to do it, with advice from experienced ‘sitters’
If you’re at all familiar with the Home Alone movies, you’ll understand that the moment a house is left vacant a pair of bumbling criminals will try and break into it. And not everyone has a Macaulay Culkin equivalent they can leave behind as a security guard. That’s where the house-sitter comes in. In exchange for free accommodation, homeowners hand over their keys to people willing to take care of their house while they’re away.